Putrajaya needs to rethink its Covid-19 strategy in order to effectively put the brakes on the rising number of cases, said Iskandar Puteri MP Lim Kit Siang.
According to Lim, the government seemed to be on the wrong track in handling the pandemic, especially given the number of cases remaining in four digits.
In a statement released today, the veteran MP also lashed out at Health Minister Dr Adham Baba for failing in his responsibilities, following Malaysia’s record-high of 2,335 daily new Covid-19 infections yesterday.
“This is proof that the present strategy has failed to check the runaway surge in the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“There should be an urgent reappraisal of Malaysia’s strategy to bring this wave under control.
“Unfortunately, we have a minister of health who is not playing any useful role in the war against the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.
Lim also proposed that the government must form a national Covid-19 council, which he said should be headed by former health minister Dzulkefly Ahmad, adding that the numbers provided by the United States Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) projections were gloomy for Malaysia.
“The IHME model projected a continuous rise in Covid-19 cases in Malaysia until mid-March 2021, hitting more than 5,000 daily infections from February 25, 2021.
“It predicted that there will be 2,987 new Covid-19 cases a day by January 1, which will increase to 4,176 infections a day by February 1, and then 5,130 cases on March 1.
“The trend is projected to rise until March 21 with 5,379 infections that day, and then declining to 5,301 cases on April 1,” he added.
Lim also said that Malaysia’s “total cases per 1 million population” index was 243 on June 1 but is now more than 13 times higher than that, at 3,190.
Yesterday, Malaysia also reported 11 new Covid-19 clusters, which was another record high in addition to the daily tally of cases.
Director-general of health Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said with this, the number of active clusters of infection in the country now stands at 215.
He also said 59 of the existing clusters reported new cases.